Hair Anatomy 101

Hair is simple in structure, but has important functions in social functioning. Hair is made of a tough protein called keratin. A hair follicle anchors each hair into the skin. The hair bulb forms the base of the hair follicle. In the hair bulb, living cells divide and grow to build the hair shaft. Blood vessels nourish the cells in the hair bulb, and deliver hormones that modify hair growth and structure at different times of life.

Hair growth occurs in cycles consisting of three phases:

  • Anagen (growth phase): Most hair is growing at any given time. Each hair spends several years in this phase.
  • Catagen (transitional phase): Over a few weeks, hair growth slows and the hair follicle shrinks.
  • Telogen (resting phase): Over months, hair growth stops and the old hair detaches from the hair follicle. A new hair begins the growth phase, pushing the old hair out.

Hair grows at different rates in different people; the average rate is around one-half inch per month. Hair color is created by pigment cells producing melanin in the hair follicle. With aging, pigment cells die, and hair turns gray.

Carpe Diem!

You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment. Fools stand on their island of opportunities and look toward another land. There is no other land; there is no other life but this

Tap Into Your Inner Beast!

Studies indicate that the one quality all successful people have is persistence. They’re willing to spend more time accomplishing a task and to persevere in the face of many difficult odds. There’s a very positive relationship between people’s ability to accomplish any task and the time they’re willing to spend on it​.

BEAUTY TIPS OF JAPANESE WOMEN!

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SKIN BEAUTIFYING HERBAL TEAS

Japanese herbal teas as refreshing beverages. They can be consumed as alternatives to sugary drinks.

These healthy concoctions offer numerous benefits ranging from weight loss and beautifying skin to allergy relief to ridding body toxins.

  • YOMOGI-CHA (Artemisia Princeps Tea)

For beautifying skin, reducing blemishes, age-spots and sun damage.

Yomogi is the Japanese “wonder herb” and its extract is used by leading cosmetics manufacturers. Refreshing tea with pleasantly vegetal taste.

  • BIWA-CHA (Loquat Leaves Tea)

For healing inflammatory skin conditions and boosting general immunity against infections. Earthy, very mild with subtle hint of sweetness.

  • HATOMUGI-CHA (Adlay Millet Tea)

For lightening skin and improving complexion and getting rid of freckles and spots. Light, roasty, popcorney and slightly sweet tea.

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Hair Care

Beautiful Hair with Little or No Shampoos and Conditioners Japanese women are famous for the beauty of their hair well into old age. and the fact is that shampoos were not even available in Japan until 1930s.

CLEANSING AND CONDITIONING

  • SEAWEED: Cleanse and Condition Hair

Seaweed hair cleanser comes in powder form. It is mixed with water to produce a light gel-like mixture which is used to cleanse hair. It used to cleanse and conditions hair and supplying essential nutrients to hair and scalp, chemical-free.

Seaweed is abundant in calcium, magnesium and iron. It is also a rich source of iodine, the lack of which according to many studies causes the thyroid gland to under-produce thyroxin, resulting in dry hair, thinness, poor hair growth and hair loss.

Reducing use of shampoos or going shampoo-free has many obvious benefits. Shampoo strips hair of sebum, the oily substance we naturally secret to nourish and protect our hair and scalp.

To compensate for the resulting loss, scalp produces too much sebum, leading to the need to wash hair frequently, and necessitating use of conditioners and other aftercare products.

Protecting

  • CAMELLIA OIL: Seal Hair Shaft to Prevent Moisture Loss

The most common use of Camellia oil in Japan is for conditioning hair after bathing, as it works best applied to hair when it is damp.

Camellia oil not only softens hair (because of its very high Oleic fatty acid content) and makes it more manageable, but it also protects hair by forming a barrier against environmental pollutants.

Also, it  seals the hair shaft preventing moisture loss, and can help treat damage from perms and coloring and repair breakage and split ends.

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Grooming

Combing your hair properly distributes hair’s natural oils to the rest of your hair. It also keeps hair from tangling and improves its texture and health.

Proper grooming makes hair more manageable and easier to keep clean and wash.

  • “TSUGE” WOODEN COMBS: Polished, Seamless Teeth Glide Through Hair Without Snagging

Japanese wood combs are handmade and polished tooth by tooth from Tsuge (boxwood,) one of the densest, hardest types of wood.

In contrast to synthetics, wood teeth have microscopic pores which pick up and re-distribute scalp’s natural sebum and any oil you apply in a thin, even layer, promoting natural shine and gloss.

The smooth, seamless teeth do not snag and damage hair. Also, wood does not generate static electricity, resulting in less frizz.

MOST GOOGLED BEAUTY TRENDS OF 2015!!

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When it comes to Googling beauty-related questions, most of us probably aren’t thinking about the contribution we may have on big data, trend reports, and the market. But the most googled trends of 2015, compiled in the search engine’s first ever Beauty Trends Report, show that the inquiries you type into your browser have a direct impact on all of those things.

Google released the first fashion trend report  earlier this year and the findings showed that tulle skirts, jogger pants, and midi skirts were among the most searched-for items. This beauty report follows a very similar structure, but the results are not so predictable. While it’s pretty easy to guess which fashion trends are taking off (we’ve seen enough of midi skirts and joggers, that’s for sure), the results from the beauty search are actually very surprising. I can tell you now that “Kylie Jenner’s lips” and “eyebrows on fleek” do not dominate the list, although that’s certainly what I would have guessed.

But enough of the lollygagging — let’s get in to it, shall we?

Here are the top three beauty trends from January to August of 2015, determined by Google’s handy dandy search bar. You know, for whenever you find yourself in a hairy situation (OK, fine, they’re all about hair).

3. GREY & PURPLE HAIR

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Clearly Jenner’s fondness for changing her hair color has sparked a movement. Colored hair has been a major trend for both women and men for the better part of this year. “‘Silver’ and ‘grey’ were among the top-trending colors based on search volume for this year’s hairstyle hues, with search interest in silver hair growing over 2X year over year,” according to the report.

Some stand-out celebrities that Google pointed out as being associated with the trend include Rihanna, Jenner, and Nicole Richie. For purple, there was also Richie, Lauren Conrad, and Katy Perry. Based on the findings, purple hair has had a steady rise to popularity, while silver/grey hair may soon be decline in popularity.

If you’re thinking about dying your hair any of these colors, this may be the perfect moment to take the plunge!

2. BRAIDS

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Braids have always been a popular beauty trend, but in 2015 they were the most-searched women’s hair style. The two key styles involved were the box braids (think Beyonce and Keri Hilson) and goddess braids, better known as halo braids (seen on Ciara and Rasheeda), which were number one and number two most-searched, respectively.

People were searching terms revolving around how to style these looks, such as “goddess braids in a bun” or “short bob box braids.” Both of hairstyles were most popular in the South, with the biggest volume of searchers coming from Georgia, Mississippi, and the Carolinas.

While the style is certainly a classic,braids seem to be making a comeback. Thankfully, there are plenty of gorgeous and inventive braid tutorials on YouTube. Excuse me while I braid my hair into oblivion.

1.MEN’S HAIR

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Drum roll please! The most-searched beauty term for 2015 is… men’s hair. Yes, you read that correctly. There has been more interest in men’s hair than in women’s hair on Google this year, and it’s not just by a slight percentage — it’s by six percent. Six whole percentage points!

So, which styles were people searching? The man bun was the most searched for beauty trend in the nation over the last year, largely accounted by for the weekly #manbunmonday hashtag and the internet’s obsession with them. Both Jared Leto and Harry Styles were associated with the man bun craze, and most searches were related to “how to’s.”

The second most searched for men’s hairstyle was the comb-over. Curiously enough, this style was most popular on the West Coast, particularly in California (maybe it’s a surfer thing?). Associated with celebs like Justin Timberlake, David Beckham, and Cristiano Ronaldo, this look is definitely a more steady search as opposed to the man bun, which has peaked majorly over the past few months, but makes more sense since it’s less trendy.

And that, my friends, rounds out the most popular beauty trends of the year so far. Could you have guessed these hairy results? I certainly didn’t!

LITERATURE: PROMOTING SELF-LOVE & EMPOWERING LITTLE GIRLS!

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While there are children seemingly born with supreme self-esteem and who carry that confidence with them into adulthood, they are few and far between. Most of us will find ourselves with a child who struggles with issues like shyness, fitting in, standing their ground or speaking their mind.

Sometimes, reading the words of someone who is not Mom or Dad helps cement a lesson or a concept in a child’s mind far more than you. Building a strong foundation of self-esteem and confidence means equipping your child with lifelong social, practical, physical and emotional skills.

These books are for all little girls especially those that think their skin isn’t the “right” tone and that her hair isn’t “nice” enough.

The books we read as children can have a huge impact on the weird humans we eventually become. Our beliefs, aspirations, and morals can all be attributed to the colorful pages we excitedly soaked in during our youth. So, whether you’re buying a book for a friend’s child, your own child, or for yourself (because why not? We would), make it a piece of literature that sustains and empowers children. Because, well, those little messages go a long way. Helping children become aware of their dreams and teaching them how to reach for goals is a critical skill parents and teachers need to encourage. Our hopes and dreams shape our lives, the choices we make, and the success we achieve. Everyone has different dreams – and a different definition of success. But everyone needs a dream. Dreams and goals give life purpose, direction, and meaning. They help young people build toward the future, and offer a sense of control and hope.

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Hope These Books Help At Least One , If Not Many! Feedback Is Welcomed With Open Arms! #GirlPower ❤

What To Know About The Vixen Sew-In Braid Pattern

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Usually with weaves, you are often limited to certain ways you can wear it. But this bad boy not only let’s you put your hair up in a ponytail, but you can also part it down the middle, part it across, rock French braids, and even a crown braid, all without revealing a single track.

All that seems to be left is choosing extensions that match your own color/texture, and you’re good to go with this protective style right? Wrong.

Yes this is still a weave, but there is a downside to this style that can be a big draw for many:

Not Really A Protective Style. So with a traditional weave, most of, if not all of your natural hair is braided underneath the extensions. This is a great way to let your hair rest, grow, and stay free of damage.

Not so with the vixen sew-in! What creates the versatile middle and side parts is your actual hair. With so much leave-out in the middle and all around the perimiete of your head, your natural crown is way more exposed to the dangers of flat iron heat and constant styling.

Traction Tension. Many wearers of the vixen sew-in report that the broad pattern is installed rather tightly. This is essential in order to style the hair in different updos.

Vixens beware! We all know that tight braids, coupled with the weight of extension tracks can lead to traction alopecia.

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Uneven Hair Health. Think about it. You’ve got some of your hair tucked away in braids, but then there’s still a whole lot left out too. So while some of your hair is getting a break, the rest is working over time to blend with your extensions and keep up with the daily styling.

That being said, the vixen sew-in technique still looks great, but like all good things, enjoy it in moderation

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FIND YOUR PERFECT HAIR COLOR!

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Just 8 Quick Questions To Answer Before You Start Coloring…

WHAT IS YOUR HAIR TYPE?

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-STRAIGHT-

-WAVY-

-CURLY-

-COILY-

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DO YOU HAVE ANY GRAY HAIR?

-YES-

-NO-

DID YOU KNOW

 Permanent color has 100% gray coverage, 100% satisfaction guaranteed.(ex. Bigen)

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IS YOUR HAIR CURRENTLY COLOR TREATED?

-YES-

-NO-

WHY WE SHOULD TAKE THIS INTO CONSIDERATION

Previous color treatments affect how well your hair can take additional color. We’ll recommend the colors that will work best with your hair.

IF YES,

HOW OFTEN DO YOU COLOR YOUR HAIR?

IF NO,

WHAT COLOR IS YOUR HAIR NOW?

Knowing your current hair color helps determine your best color match.

WHICH IS CLOSEST TO YOUR CURRENT HAIR COLOR?

LIGHT BROWN

LEVEL 7

MEDIUM BROWN

LEVEL 6

DARK BROWN

LEVEL 5

DARKEST BROWN

LEVEL 4

BROWNISH BLACK

LEVEL 3

BROWNISH BLACK

LEVEL 3

BLACK

LEVEL 2

LIGHT RED

LEVEL 7

MEDIUM RED

LEVEL 6

DARK RED

LEVEL 5

LIGHT BLONDE

LEVEL 10

MEDIUM BLONDE

LEVEL 9

DARK BLONDE

LEVEL 8

DO YOU WANT TO GO LIGHTER, DARKER, OR STAY THE SAME COLOR?

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-SAME-

-DARKER-

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WHAT IS YOUR SKIN TONE?

-WARM-

-COOL-

PRO TIP:

Warmer skin tones tend to tan more easily while cooler tones tend to burn more easily.

RECOMMENDATIONS

WARM TONES :

  • Natural brown with hints of gold.
  • Rich auburn with hints of copper and gold
  • Natural vibrant auburn
  • Brown with warm auburn undertones.
  • Mahogany brown with hints of gold.
  • Taupe brown with cool tones
  • Dark natural blonde with hints of gold.
  • Cool blonde with smoky undertones.

COOL TONES:

  • Mahogany brown with hints of gold.
  • Brown with warm auburn undertones.
  • Auburn with hints of copper and gold.
  • Copper blonde
  • Natural blonde with hints of gold
  • Light Natural blonde with hints of gold

HAPPY COLORING GUYS!